Meet the Team

Sister Maxine Kollasch, IHM, Co-founder and Executive Director

Sister Maxine is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) of Monroe, Michigan. She has master’s degrees in theology and in advertising. She is a presenter at regional and national conferences and has authored articles in a variety of publications about online presence for vocation outreach. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Communicators of Women Religious. Prior to co-founding A Nun’s Life, Sister Maxine had extensive experience in Corporate Communications. Sister Maxine is an accomplished martial artist, an avid cyclist, and a history buff.

Sister Julie Myers, OSF, Chief Program Officer 

Sister Julie is a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis, Sylvania, Ohio, who served as the Sacristan for her congregation’s chapel for 22 years. Prior to joining A Nun’s Life Ministry, she served for five years as Congregational Vocation Minister for her Sylvania Franciscan community. During that time, she was a member of the National Religious Vocation Conference and was active in NRVC Region 6. She also served on the Detroit Archdiocesan Vocation Association team and the Toledo Area Vocation Ministers Team. Sister Julie is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and has long served in health care ministry. Sister Julie loves the outdoors and is happiest when she is camping.

Kelly Zlatic, Development Officer

Kelly Zlatic is based in Chicago, IL. For the past four years, she has served as a consultant to the ministry in the areas of accounting and online metrics. Prior to her time at A Nun’s Life, Kelly served for several years as a staff accountant at Market Day Corporation, a fundraising firm, and at ATC Wegge Accounting. Kelly holds an MBA in Finance from Illinois State University, and a master’s in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her two adorable children. In her spare time she’s an avid runner, having participated in several marathons, including the prestigious Boston Marathon. 

 

Meet the Board of Directors

Sister Jessi Beck, PBVM

Sister Jessi Beck is Vocation Director for her congregation, the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Dubuque, Iowa. Based in Chicago, Sister Beck also serves as Technology Teacher at Our Lady of Tepeyac Catholic Grade School. She is currently in studies for certification as a spiritual director and retreat director. Sister Beck recently served on the Core Team of Giving Voice, a national organization of younger Catholic sisters.

 

Mrs. Julie Brown

Mrs. Julie Brown is the System of Care Project Director for the Family Resource Center. Based in Findlay, Ohio, she leads the Hancock County initiative to create state-of-the-art behavioral health services for youth and their fam​ilies. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, philanthropy, and accounting. Mrs. Brown became acquainted with A Nun’s Life in 2015 and later served as Director of Philanthropy. She is active on a number of local and county nonprofit boards.  

 

Sister Jan Cebula, OSF

Sister Jan Cebula, OSF, is the President of the Sisters of Saint Francis, in Clinton, Iowa. She previously ministered as a legal aid attorney, a liaison for Global Sisters Report, and a teacher. She is committed to  living and promoting active nonviolence and peacemaking, which is her community’s corporate mission. Sister Cebula has been a long-term advocate for social justice and part of the Catholic Worker movement.